Ban.Do (2015-2016 Planner) & Hauls

Ban.Do 2015-16 Planner

Hi there! This year, I decided that I wanted to get into planners again. I buy a planner every year, but I tend to stop using them after a month or so. When I came across the Ban.do 17-month agenda, I just had to have it!

It took a week for it to arrive. During that time, I went on a couple of hauls at Michael’s and Target. I ended up with marker pens, tons of clips & stickers, and three rolls of washi tape! And here is where the addiction began…

michaels target haul

On my way home, I was already completing my first order from Scrapbook.com! They had a pretty awesome sale going on, but I kept it to just a few things.

Mini Review of the Ban.do

First of all, the Ban.do is super cute! It’s really colorful and has this list of quirky holidays that I never knew existed. I love that I can start using it immediately. The best part? It goes all the way to December 2016! I adore the horizontal layout, as well. It changed my entire focus for the planner. I decided to use the monthly view (2 page) for things that need to be done, while leaving the weekly view for journal entries. The horizontal layout gives me more than enough space for short journal entries. It can get a little messy, so I’m using washi tape to separate the entries. I also like being able to toss it in my Kate Spade bag.

What I don’t like? My marker pens bleed through to the next page. If I’m going to be writing a lot, I don’t need the extra mess of tiny dots from the previous page. The tabs aren’t laminated, so they are already starting to bend. I was also concerned about being able to close it once I add stickers and pictures. I was starting to regret getting the smaller version.

I’m going to give this some time to see how it goes, but so far, I’m in love! Be sure to check out the #plannerlife hashtag on Instagram! I promise that you’ll fall in love, too!

Ivy’s First Zoo Trip

8:08pm. Since we moved to the city, I’ve been working pretty much¬†every¬†Saturday. We have been making the best of the weekends by trying to do family things when I get off. The weather was beautiful this weekend! It reached a high of 73, which made going out perfect. Yesterday, we took the kids to the park, and today we made our way to the zoo!

It was Ivy’s first time visiting the zoo, and JJ’s second. Here are a few highlights from our day.

First Trip
First Trip
First Trip
Riverbanks
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riberbanks Trip

We managed to make it through the entire park without Ivy getting cranky. I’m just glad that everyone enjoyed the outing. What did you do this weekend?

Goodbye Weekend

7:49pm. Another weekend has come and gone. It’s particularly hard for me, because I worked yesterday. By the time I got home1,I was too tired to do anything else. Not to mention it was raining cats and dogs.

This morning, my baby girl2 had a high fever. All she wanted to do was lay around and look miserable. JJ requested cereal, oatmeal, and pancakes. And guess what?? He had all three, because I’m determined to fatten him up.

My boy will be four on the 26th and he is still so small3. I guess I can’t expect him to be super big, because I’m not big at all. A lot of people thought my parents were starving me when I was a kid. And it really doesn’t help that Ivy is almost as big as him, and she’s not even one yet.

But I’m getting off track…

Tomorrow it will be back to work and reality. I’m still trying to wrap my head around my new office. We’re fully staffed, but we have to work three to four Saturdays a month. It’s such a hassle since we never get off on time. I have to ask my sister to keep the kids or my husband has to rearrange his schedule. It’s not fun.

The weekend, mainly Saturday, used to be my time to spend with the kids. During the week, we’re all on the go. I drop them off at 7:30am and don’t see them until 6pm. Basically, with the way this banking center does schedules, I only have Sunday to spend with my children. And to think that I work for a company that claims to be one of best for working mothers.

I’m not seeing that right now. So who knows? A change may be in my future.


  1. At 2:40pm…mind you! []
  2. Ivy, in case you forgot. []
  3. Like they might think he’s malnourished if I take him to the doctor small []

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5:40pm. It’s cold and raining. I’m sprawled out on a sofa bed in my parents’ living room. Sounds of Ivy and Rescue Pup fill the background. I miss my husband.1

This weekend, we moved into our new apartment in the city.2 He starts work at his new job tomorrow. The kids and I are back down south until next weekend. My job couldn’t transfer me as fast, so the kids and I have to spend a week at my parents’.

I’m truly hoping that this week will fly by. There’s still lots of unpacking to do. I still have to put up the tree and take JJ to see Santa. Most of all, I’m ready to start a new chapter of my life.


  1. This is the longest we’ve been apart since we’ve been together []
  2. Columbia, SC []

Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday, lovelies! It’s been a while since my last update. I’m back to work as of last week[1. That deserves a post to itself…]!

I enjoyed my weekend as much as I could. Both Ivy & JJ picked up colds during their first week at daycare. JJ is doing better, but Ivy is pretty miserable at this point. She also has her sickle cell appointment tomorrow. I’m hoping and praying that she does not have it, but we’ll see tomorrow.

I set up the tripod today and took some self portraits and some photos with the kids. I set up a photo blog, so you can view them all over here, if you would like to.